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  • Patient-centered care has at its base a very powerful concept: health care decisions should be driven by the preferences, needs and values of the patient. In this essay, Michael Millenson identifies three distinct ways of thinking about patient-centered care—ethically, economically and clinically.

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NIHCM Foundation and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) co-hosted the second in a series of Leadership Dialogues on health information technology on April 5, 2005. The focus of the dialogue was the critical topic of how HIT adoption affects workflow in small physician practices, and included...

 presentations by Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of AHRQ and Dr. David Brailer, the National HIT Coordinator. NIHCM Foundation prepared a Question & Answer Brief, Health IT and Workflow in Small Physicians' Practices, in preparation for the dialogue. Press coverage of the dialogue included the following publications: iHealthbeat, Federal Telemedicine Update, Healthcare IT News and Medicine and Health.

 
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